According to a Reuters report by Mike Collett, Tottenham Hotspur FC (Spurs) have removed the final obstacle blocking the building of a new GBP£400m (US$592.84m) 56,000-seater stadium by agreeing to buy the last parcel of land that had been preventing the start of construction work.
The English Premier League club have started laying foundations for the new ground, adjacent to their existing stadium, but said on Tuesday they had agreed a deal to buy land occupied by Archway Sheet Metal Works’ company, which had held up the development.
Spurs have planning permission for the stadium, which will replace White Hart Lane, their home since 1899 where the capacity is currently only 36,000.
The Club said they would take possession of the land “later this year” to give the company time to relocate.
In November, a fire destroyed much of the Archway premises, which is located metres from the Park Lane (North) stand at White Hart Lane.
The firm took the club to court in February challenging a compulsory purchase order for the land but the appeal was dismissed and Archway decided this month to accept the decision.
(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ken Ferris)
Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Stats
The Populous-designed 56,250-capacity stadium for Spurs forms the centrepiece of a wider Northumberland Development Project master plan for the regeneration of North Tottenham N17.
The design responds to the club’s brief for an iconic stadium incorporating modern state-of-the-art facilities, and recreating the intense atmosphere of the current White Hart Lane stadium to provide the best possible spectator experience.
The concept expresses the idea of “flowing football, flowing lines”, and the curved cladding envelope and undulating roof together with a subtle use of club colours evokes the Spurs tradition of doing things with style and panache.
Status: Planning consent September 2011